Publications & Documents


  • 16-May-2014

    English

    Trends in Top Incomes and their Taxation in OECD Countries (OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers No. 159)

    The shares of top income recipients in total pre-tax income have increased in OECD countries in the past three decades, particularly in most of the English-speaking countries but also in some Nordic (from low levels) and Southern European countries. Today, the richest one percent receives between 7% of all pre-tax income in Denmark and the Netherlands up to almost 20% in the United States.

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  • 30-April-2014

    English

    Top earners capturing growing share of total income in many countries, says OECD

    The shares of the richest 1% in total pre-tax income have increased in most OECD countries over the past three decades. This rise is the result of the top 1% capturing a disproportionate share of overall income growth over that timeframe: up to 37% in Canada and 47% in the United States, according to new OECD analysis.

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  • 18-March-2014

    English

    Urgent action needed to tackle rising inequality and social divisions, says OECD

    Income inequality and social divisions could worsen and become entrenched unless governments act quickly to boost support for the most vulnerable in society, according to a new OECD report.

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  • 18-March-2014

    English

    Society at a Glance 2014

    This edition of Society at a Glance addresses the growing demand for quantitative evidence on social well-being and its trends with a special chapter on the social consequences of the global crisis.

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  • 18-March-2014

    English

    Benefits and Wages: Country specific information

    Replacement rates (gross and net), country specific files, models and calculator provide detailed descriptions of all cash benefits available to those in and out of work as well as the taxes they were liable&

  • 18-March-2014

    English, Excel, 388kb

    B&W - Net Cost of Childcare and Participation Tax Rates, 2004, 2008, 2012

    B&W - Net Cost of Childcare and Participation Tax Rates, 2004, 2008, 2012

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  • 26-November-2013

    English

    OECD Pension Indicators

    With co-operation from the EU and World Bank, and in view of the strong demand for cross-national indicators on the situation of pensions, the OECD has developed on-line indicators on pension outcomes and pension policies for all OECD/EU countries.

  • 18-September-2013

    English

    Tackling Inequalities in Development Policies

    Development aid policies have helped developing countries reduce extreme poverty, strengthen institutional frameworks and develop a middle class. But there are still 2.4 billion people living in poverty and inequalities in many countries are still at record levels, and in some cases rising, said OECD Secretary-General.

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  • 12-July-2013

    English, PDF, 1,012kb

    Balancing Economic Efficiency and Social Equity, as published by the Japan Economic Foundation

    Why Should We Care about High & Growing Inequality? How Unequal Are OECD Societies? Has Gap between Rich & Poor Widened? Possible Culprits in Growing Divide - What OECD Evidence Tells Us about Main Culprits - Importance of Tax/Benefit Systems - What Was the Impact of the Recent Great Recession? What Can Policies Do to Reduce Too-high Inequality?

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  • 14-May-2013

    English

    Growing risk of inequality and poverty as crisis hits the poor hardest

    Income inequality increased by more in the first three years of the crisis to the end of 2010 than it had in the previous twelve years, before factoring in the effect of taxes and transfers on income, according to new OECD data.

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